February 2014

artiseducationIn March the library celebrates Art IS Education, an annual showcase of youth arts learning. This year’s theme is “Tell Your Story.” Join teaching artist Marion Coleman on Saturday, March 1 from 1-3pm for a workshop exploring what you love about your family and community through art. Participants will use drawing and cutting techniques to create colorful artwork to take home as well as contribute to a community artwork displayed at the library. All ages are welcome and registration is not required.

For more information about Art IS Education, visit their website.



Dublin Library is pleased to host a program of excerpts from Gioachino Rossini’s opera “La Cenerentola” (Cinderella) on Sunday, February 23rd, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM in the Dublin Library Community Room. Rossini brought a childlike wonder and master comedy to a beloved fairytale classic as he created a handsome prince, a nasty stepfather, ugly stepsisters, and a beautiful heroine and magic in his music.

Soprano Emma McNairy (Clorinda – one of Cinderella’s stepsisters) and baritone Daniel Cilli (Dandini, the Prince’s valet) will be performing.

Be sure to see this free preview of Livermore Valley Opera’s upcoming performances of Cinderella at the Bankhead Theater, opening on March 15th. Seating is limited to the first 100 attendees.

This free program was generously funded by the Friends of the Dublin Library.

Please go to www.livermorevalleyopera.com for more details on this production.


Your Alameda County Library has added a 2014 Winter Olympics online guide. This guide can be found by going to the main library webpage, clicking on the word “Research” in the blue strip at the top of the page to obtain the dropdown menu, and clicking on the Research/Subject Guide Heading “Sports,” and then clicking on the option “Olympics, Winter 2014.”

Covered California

Covered California Enrollment Sessions are available at your Dublin Library on Mondays through March 31, 2014, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. If you have not yet enrolled or have questions, you can find answers and sign-up with personal assistance from certified enrollment counselors. You can call Axis Community Health at (925) 556-2520 for an appointment, but this is not required, as we are now accepting drop-ins on Mondays for enrollment under Covered California.

What you need to enroll is:

Proof of Citizenship (Naturalization certificate / green card, if applicable)
Proof of address (ID card / utility bill)
Proof of household income (tax form / pay stubs)
Social Security Numbers for all applicants

If you’re like me, when you think of picture books, you probably think of storybooks for very young children. That’s probably because in the library picture books have a call number (JPB) and a location where titles for the littlest ones can be found. But picture book is actually a format that can be any type of book from a preschool storybook to nonfiction for older readers, as the newest Caldecott winner shows.

locomotiveThe Caldecott Medal is given every year by the American Library Association’s children’s division to “the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” This year’s winner is Locomotive by Brian Floca. Journey through its pages with a family as they ride the transcontinental railroad from Omaha, Nebraska—across the Great Plains, the Forty-Mile Desert, and the Sierra Nevada mountains—to Sacramento, California. Stunning illustrations and poetic text bring to life the sights and sounds of a steam train, from the clang-clang-clang of the bell to the chug-chug of the engine. Learn about the laying of tracks, the crew and their jobs, and the traveling conditions of the passengers.

A celebration of the steam train and its impact on transportation, viewed through the eyes of one American family, Locomotive is a beautiful picture book to share with school-age childen in your family.

Parent Patter is a blog series for parents about early literacy, books, and children’s programs at the Dublin Library.